If you remember last year’s Smurfs movie, th–
Oh, you don’t? You never even saw it? No need to worry, as The Smurfs 2 is coming in seven months’ time to, once and for all, reinvigorate national interest in one of the stranger ’80s cartoons. Blue fever is back, baby.
They are, thank the good Lord, keeping director Raja Gosnell from the first outing, and many of the original players coming back. Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and the various Smurfs themselves (including Anton Yelchin, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, and George Lopez) are present; the new members of this franchise (?) are, truth be told, a pretty good collection of names, with Sony having gained Brendan Gleeson, Christina Ricci, and Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s J.B. Smoove. A lot of talented people making one film I will never see.
As for the trailer… I have no clue what to say which goes past “this is not for me.” But, yes. This is not for me.
Watch the trailer below, if you’re so inclined:
In the sequel, the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants — and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs — Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?
The Smurfs 2 will open on July 31st, 2013.
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